1. A wonderful day on the British Orient Express – the Northern Belle

2. A spa day at 315 Huddersfield

3. A trip to Daylesford Organic Farm

4. A lovely shopping trip to Meadowhall. It’s nice to be shopping ‘live’ instead of online now things have more or less returned to ‘normal’

5. A wonderful meal with friends at ‘Eric’s restaurant’ in Lindley, Huddersfield


The Northern Belle

Probably one of the best days I’ve had in a long time. What a wonderful experience!

I adore being taken back in time to the wonderful 1930’s! An era I often feel I should have been alive in, where men & women alike really knew how to dress, and glamour was the essence of the time.

The Orient Express has always fascinated me and for as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to experience a day enjoying the luxury, class & glamour of this wonderful time of years gone by.

The Northern Belle is the British Orient Express & has wonderful experience days you can book, to sample a taste of this luxurious train. And so, for Christmas 2019, I booked a day trip for my parents, Tony & I February 2020. But of course, covid hit & sadly the trip had to be cancelled and re booked a few times until at last, in September 2021, we at last set aboard the luxurious Northern Belle in Birmingham.

The second you board the train you are immediately transported and it’s wonderful to dress up & see everyone else dress up for the occasion.

We were immediately shown to our seats in the stunning Chatsworth carriage and made ourselves comfortable.

The service was out of this world all day & we were instantly served a glass of champagne as we settled in.

It’s called Afternoon Tea but in truth it’s a 5 course Afternoon Tea that continues throughout the entire journey which you can graze & eat a leisure.

Almost as soon as we left the station, we were served a delicious Leek & Cheese tartlet and a duck scotch egg. A little while later the wonderful finger sandwiches arrived. A bottle of Laurent Perrier Champagne hit the spot and washed it all down perfectly.

Once the savoury delights were polished off, we were served the most delicious canape deserts & more kept coming until we were fit to burst. But it didn’t end here, no Afternoon Tea is complete without warm scones with jam and clotted cream which really were divine.

The train took us along the beautiful Welsh Coastline & we were blessed with a glorious day outside so the views were stunning.

On the return to Birmingham, we were served Strawberries & Cream. Tea & Coffee was in constant supply throughout the day along with an extensive bar and I certainly indulged in quite a few glasses of Champagne.

Throughout the day we were entertained by wonderful musicians and a table magician which were all excellent and very entertaining.

Spending the day with my parents and Tony without us all rushing here there and everywhere whilst enjoying this fantastic experience was one of life’s wonderful moments and we all had a simply wonderful day.

The Northern Belle is not a cheap day by any means but the memories, the experience, the service, the food, the entertainment and of course the beautiful train were worth every penny and I can’t wait to do it again.     


315 Spa – Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

This wonderful restaurant & spa is situated in the next village to mine and it’s a place we love & visit regularly. The Spa was a welcome addition a few years ago and we’ve regularly enjoyed their morning or afternoon Spa packages.

Whilst Belle was still on holiday before she began college and I was enjoying a few weeks off work, my mum, Belle & myself enjoyed a lovely morning together in the spa.

We were first taken to the restaurant for a delicious breakfast then enjoyed 3 hours in the hot tub & steam rooms along with a lovely glass of fizz! A blissful morning amidst a wonderful summer break.   


The Old Spot Restaurant – Daylesford Organic Farm

Tony & I spent a wonderful few days last week touring the stunning Cotswold villages. I’ve been longing to visit this glorious part of our country for a long time and it really is simply magical.

I’d heard about Daylesford Organic Farm through many influencers I follow and as we were visiting the beautiful village of Moreton-in-Marsh where it is situated. I couldn’t resist a visit to have our lunch there.

From the minute you turn in to the car park you are transported into a world of beauty & luxury and it is simply the most wonderful place. From the produce to the foliage, the home wear to the garden accessories it really is a country living dream & I was truly in heaven. Daylesford is a space dedicated to sustainable gardening, organic growing and outdoor living and I could have spent hours there.

We ate a delicious lunch at The Old Spot Restaurant, and both had the delicious Cornish Crab on Sourdough toast. Beautifully presented it really was wonderful, washed down by a crisp glass of Chateau Leoube Rose Wine.

After purchasing a few lovely items our home and garden we had to get on our way but I cannot wait to visit again very soon.





  • 50g pineapple pieces
  • 50g chopped mango
  • 3 limes , chopped
  • 2 tbsp light brown soft sugar
  • 2 mint sprigs , leaves picked
  • ice
  • 150ml white rum
  • 200ml pineapple rum
  • 600ml sparkling water


  • STEP 1

Tip the pineapple, mango, limes and sugar into a large jug and muddle together. Bruise and add the mint leaves, then top with ice. Stir in the white rum, pineapple rum and sparkling water.



It’s always a happy time of the year when Strictly returns & promises lovely cosy Autumn/Winter Saturday nights leading up to Christmas.

I adore it & it’s especially lovely to see Anton as a judge this year.


Lovely Autumn scents, colours, fashion & cosiness


Lots of people getting ill with Covid again


1. Neutrogena T gel Therapeutic Shampoo

2. Neom candles – any scent, any size, I adore them all!

3. Daylesford Organic Farm – Moreton in Marsh

4. Think it, Get it podcast – Noor Hibbert

5. Gordons Peach Gin


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